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Saint Valentine's Day or, the Feast of Saint Valentine, now more commonly known as just Valentine's Day, is observed on February 14th each year. Today it is celebrated in many countries and Christian denominations around the world, although mostly in the West. In the UK for example, it is traditional to send cards, flowersburlap throw pillow covers, chocolates and other gifts as a mark of affection for a loved one or special person in our lives, or to trigger a new romance.

Cards are often sent anonymously to entice or nurture these new romances, but why do we do it and where did the tradition start?

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?To keep it very simple, it began as a religious celebration of one (or more) early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most likely or popular belief is that Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers of the Roman Empire who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade soldiers to marry in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make good soldiers. According to legend (or popular belief), Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment and given them to the soldiers as a reminder of God's love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians. These parchment hearts are possibly the origin of the widespread use of heart symbols and motifs in current Valentine's Day 'correspondence'.

During his imprisonment, Valentine is said to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend again says that before his execution he wrote her a farewell which read "from your Valentine". This expression was henceforth adopted and is still used today. The day first became associated with 'romantic love' by the legendary English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, during the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their feelings for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greetings cards (known as "valentines"). The words 'Roses are Red' are traceable as far back in literary history as 1590 and the modern clichè Valentine's poem which begins with the same, can be found in a collection of English nursery rhymes dating back to 1784 and would have read as follows:

Since the 19th century, handmade valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards and a much more commercial approach to the occasion.

Today, Valentine's Day symbols also include doves, winged cupids, cute teddy bears and red roses as well as the traditional heart symbol. It has now become a day where the romantics amongst us mark the occasion in a number of ways. Everything from a simple, anonymous, greeting card, to a cosy, intimate, candle lit dinner or grand gestures like diamond rings, proposals and romantic weekends in Paris!

We don't sell greetings cards or teddy bears at Terry's and we can't book you a romantic weekend in Paris or send you a diamond ring, but we can help you create a cosy room setting for a romantic night in with the special person in your life.

So as usual, I've put together a few tips and some carefully selected product, to help you to create the look and the ambience you're after in your home, without breaking the banklet's face it, you never know, you might need that extra bit of cash to put towards the diamond ring?!

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all - and to all the 'new romancers' out there good luck!

At first I couldn’t tell if I was just clinging on to the dark hues of winter, but then I realized it was the contrast of matte black with bright white and spring colors that was really drawing me in. The thing I like most about matte black is that it perfectly melds together the aged look of rustic decor, with the clean finish usually associated with modern decor. ?I’m not quite ready to go all glossy and modern, so this is a happy medium. Consider picking up an accessory or two and notice how it can easily bring new life to your space and style.

I thought I’d pop in here and share with you a bit more about my book, Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love 21 Projects to Sew. I promise I won’t be inundating you with book related posts over the next few months, but I know that personally I like to have a good idea of what projects are in a book before I buy it. So this fall, every few weeks I’ll share with you the details of a couple of the projects in the book.

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